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Upcoming brochure: Hydro Energy Landscape

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A CRITICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE EUROPEAN HYDRO ENERGY LANDSCAPE

In a first, experimental approach form and method of collaborating and interacting between the disciplines architecture and geography are tested in a two-week workshop. In the first part of the workshop (GIS Week) students learn the basics of geospatial processing to produce new forms of knowledge in support of ideas about urban planning and design. As the amount of collected information increases rapidly the availability of precise data enables new possibilities in researching and planning urban environments and landscapes. Geographic information systems (GIS) integrate, store, edit, analyze, share, and display geographic information for informing decision making. GIS gives data meaning through place and allows to observe how cities function. GIS exposes complex processes and dynamics (social, political, economical) taking place in the city. If built physical form is the hardware, GIS and geospatial data reveal the software that operate it. This first part of the studio provides students with the graphic and technical skills needed to reflect, design and communicate urban processes with geospatial data.

The second part of the workshop (Hydro Energy Landscapes) is a spatial investigation of the contemporary hydro energy network in Europe. Hydro power infrastructures are a common feature within the modern alpine landscape. Although often far away from urban regions these infrastructures are crucial components of the European urban network and serve the energetic needs of the modern city. By practically applying geospatial information software students reveal diverse components of the hydro energy network and explore its spatial appearance and relation to urbanism. They investigate spatial, cultural, social and economic aspects of the environment these infrastructures are operating in and discuss the role these infrastructures play in a local, regional and global scale. Issues ranging from production, distribution, organization and consumption of energy are discussed.

The outcome of the workshop, the present brochure, gives the reader an overview of the contemporary condition of the alpine hydro power network. It identifies specific network components by investigating diverse landscapes elements, infrastructures, distribution systems, organizational structures and the economic aspects. It should form a basis framework to ask further questions related to the contemporary role of hydro energy and the modern urban landscape and to develop future ecological design proposals.

Course Instructors: Gunnar Ploner (Arch.), Andreas Mayr (Geo.)
Students: Jaime Avila, Marina Duenser, Max Duensser, Noora Lahdenperä, Stefan Steidl, Andreas Steinlechner, Sara Trixl, Manuel Wukowitsch
Platforms: Established by LURG the Geodsign Lab is a collaboration between the Institute of Design Studio1 Prof. Stefano de Martino and the Institute of Geography at the Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck.

 

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LURG establishes interdisciplinary collaboration: The Geodesign LAB

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The Geodesign Lab is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Architecture and Geography focusing to integrate geospatial information systems (GIS) into the analysis and the design of urban landscapes and urban environments. Challenges and questions of the built environment have rarely, at any time, corresponded to traditional disciplinary or professional boundaries. Through linking different disciplines the Lab aims to develop new possibilities for design proposals that go beyond the traditional border of architecture.

The Geodesin Lab workshop was initiated by Gunnar Ploner and Andreas Mayr at the Institute of Design Studio1 – Prof. Stefano de Martino at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck.

Lecture: Interdisciplinary Strategies for the Urban Activation of Brownfield Sites

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Lecture by Gunnar Ploner at the Department of International Urbanism/ University of Stuttgart: “Interdisciplinary Strategies for the Activation of Urban Space at the former Industrial Site ‘imWERK8’ in Stuttgart.

Spatial effects of alpine hydro energy infrastructures on the urban landscape

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Gunnar Ploner introduces interdisciplinary master course at Studio1, Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck.

The studio is a collaboration between geography and architecture and focuses on the integration of GIS systems into spatial planning. In the first part of the course students will gain familiarity in working with GIS software while in the second part they will apply GIS tools in the course of a geo-spatial analysis of hydro power infrastructures within the Alps.

(1) The GIS Lab: As the amount of collected information increases rapidly the availability of precise data enables new possibilities in researching and planning urban environments and landscapes. A geographic information system (GIS) is a system that integrates, stores, edits, analyzes, shares, and displays geographic information for informing decision making. GIS gives data meaning through place. It allows us to observe how cities function. GIS exposes complex processes and dynamics (social, political, economical) taking place in the city. If built physical form is the hardware, GIS and geospatial data reveal the software that operate it.

(2) The Research Lab: Hydro power infrastructures are a common feature within the modern alpine landscape. Although often far away from urban regions these infrastructures are crucial components of the global urban network and serve the energetic needs of the modern city.

LURG launches interdisciplinary urban development competition | Call for participation

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guten TAG Innsbruck is an interdisciplinary platform for urban development that critically examines the contemporary condition of the urban landscape of the city of Innsbruck. The competition guten TAG Innsbruck is open to the public and transforms and activates abandoned sites and left-over spaces into high-potential urban sites . Through an interdisciplinary approach the competition aims to establish new linkages within the urban field and to contribute to a plural and diverse urban environment.

Team: Stefan Brabetz, Gerald Haselwanter, Gunnar Ploner

The project is awarded the Stadtpotenziale 2013 Award of the City of Innsbruck and is supportded by the Cultural Department of the Federal State Government of Tyrol.

For more information please see: www.gutentaginnsbruck.com

Project Lagos exhibited at Potenziale 2 at the Center for Architecture Tyrol/AUT

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Gunnar Ploner´s project “Lagos – Towards an emergent ecological approach to urbanism” is exhibited at Potenziale 2 at the AUT – Architektur und Tirol. The exhibition shows selected projects developed at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck and aims to give an overview of the contemporary architectural discourse at the faculty.

High Speed Urbanism in Lagos | publicated in Potenziale 2 by Studio1 – Stefano de Martino

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High Speed Urbanism in Lagos is publicated in the Potenziale 2 magazine of the Institute of Design Studio1 – Stefano de Martino.

The aim of the project „LAGOS“ is to develop a sense for responsive urban planning methods which are initiating, gradually mediating and equalizing disparate forces in complex urban fields. Introducing a loop strategy for urban planning instead of static top-down urban planning methods, the project proposes possibilities for various bottom-up interventions across different scales. The focus lies on the production of control- and guidable bottom up urban conditions.

Activated from the extreme forces of social, cultural, economic and political influences, spaces, programs and functions are in a constant state of flux. Resulting from these forces, a dynamic urban field is emerging, which continuously generates and reorganizes spatial configurations. Sites and spaces construct a hybrid, dynamic system with fluid characteristics. A changing set of overlapping and intersecting programs and functions transforms surfaces and generate luminal spaces.

To respond to high speed urban dynamics and to provide an immediate solution, a flexible and lightweight reactive system is needed which considers the coexistence of multiple, simultaneous processes. Short planning and construction periods, low production and building costs as well as a resourceful use of urban space are mandatory prerequisites for an immediate and sustainable planning solution. The multidimensional approach seeks to strengthen performing linkages, relations and interferences of space and programs through intervening across different scales and using existing structures.

The creation of various types of market spaces with elastic and permeable qualities depending on site specific environmental conditions and the provison of public property for informal activities are essential components. Within a given framework, it should still be possible that space can be created and adapted individually and organically to meet individual economic and social needs. The integration into the environment and the adaption to local conditions and traditions creates responsiveness to the needs of a changing social and functional world, attaching to the continuity of locality, space and time.